aithne: (hat looking down)
I've loaded up all of the Black Angel Crossroads stories to my Web site, and they can be found here: http://www.krismillering.com/serials/blackangeltitle.html .
aithne: (Black Angel Crossroads)
[Here it is, the conclusion of Black Angel Crossroads.]

[Usual disclaimers apply: 1832 Louisiana, difficult cultural history, certain realities of race relations and slavery that can't be avoided. Proceed with caution, if you're sensitive.]

Where is the final piece of Kalfu? )
aithne: (Black Angel Crossroads)
[I was mistaken--the final episode of Black Angel Crossroads will be posted tomorrow. Muahahahahaonemoreday.]

[Usual disclaimers apply: 1832 Louisiana, difficult cultural history, certain realities of race relations and slavery that can't be avoided. Proceed with caution, if you're sensitive.]

What is found in the house, and in the swamp... )
aithne: (Black Angel Crossroads)
[Usual disclaimers apply: 1832 Louisiana, difficult cultural history, certain realities of race relations and slavery that can't be avoided. Proceed with caution, if you're sensitive.]

Kalfu makes another move... )
aithne: (Black Angel Crossroads)
[Usual disclaimers apply: 1832 Louisiana, difficult cultural history, certain realities of race relations and slavery that can't be avoided. Proceed with caution, if you're sensitive.]

The funeral, and a conversation with Remy... )
aithne: (Black Angel Crossroads)
[Usual disclaimers apply: 1832 Louisiana, difficult cultural history, certain realities of race relations and slavery that can't be avoided. Proceed with caution, if you're sensitive.]

Sometimes, the price for what one becomes is both deep and senseless... )
aithne: (Black Angel Crossroads)
[Usual disclaimers apply: 1832 Louisiana, difficult cultural history, certain realities of race relations and slavery that can't be avoided. Proceed with caution, if you're sensitive.]

What has been hiding in plain sight on Barataria... )
aithne: (Black Angel Crossroads)
[Usual disclaimers apply: 1832 Louisiana, difficult cultural history, certain realities of race relations and slavery that can't be avoided. Proceed with caution, if you're sensitive.]

[Yes, I'm finished, yes, there will be one story posted a day until Friday. And yes, I am quite satisfied by the ending. Muahahahaha. Anyway. On with the story!]

Odile and Gabriel go back to the swamp, and find some very dark things indeed within it... )
aithne: (Black Angel Crossroads)
I tossed together a Black Angel Crossroads archive for those who would like someplace to go look at the stories later:

http://www.krismillering.com/serials/blackangeltitle.html

I'm going to be putting the rest of the serials here as time allows, but I figured that this one would be the most useful right now.

Also, if you guys could let me know if the Creole words and phrases I've started using aren't clear from context, let me know and I'll start a vocabulary post.
aithne: (Black Angel Crossroads)
[Usual disclaimers apply: 1832 Louisiana, difficult cultural history, certain realities of race relations and slavery that can't be avoided. Proceed with caution, if you're sensitive.]

Part two of two: Gabriel shocks Odile, and there's yet more trouble to be had... )
aithne: (Black Angel Crossroads)
First, a picture of the Black Angel, for those of you who never spent time in Iowa City:



Yes, it's a real statue, and it really is just about as creepy as the angel in this story. I lived about two blocks away from it for a while, and I spent some time with it. I could never shake the feeling that there was a guardian inside of it, but who or what it was guarding was never clear.

And now, on to the story!

[Usual disclaimers apply: 1832 Louisiana, difficult cultural history, certain realities of race relations and slavery that can't be avoided. Proceed with caution, if you're sensitive.]

Part one of two: Gabriel is initiated and one of Odile's nightmares comes true... )
aithne: (Black Angel Crossroads)
[Usual disclaimers apply: 1832 Louisiana, difficult cultural history, certain realities of race relations and slavery that can't be avoided. Proceed with caution, if you're sensitive.]

A deal is made with Remy, and Odile makes a mistake... )
aithne: (Black Angel Crossroads)
[Usual disclaimers apply: 1832 Louisiana, difficult cultural history, certain realities of race relations and slavery that can't be avoided. Proceed with caution, if you're sensitive.]

What happened to Ines...and the decisions made in the wake of her rescue. )
aithne: (Black Angel Crossroads)
[Usual disclaimers apply: 1832 Louisiana, difficult cultural history, certain realities of race relations and slavery that can't be avoided. Proceed with caution, if you're sensitive.]

[Also, you're not mistaken if you think this feels like only half a story; it got too long for LJ and I decided to post this half first.]


More things are found out about Gabriel and what he is... )
aithne: (Black Angel Crossroads)
[Usual disclaimers apply: 1832 Louisiana, difficult cultural history, certain realities of race relations and slavery that can't be avoided. Proceed with caution, if you're sensitive.]

Odile finds her Maman, and a different sort of trouble than she was anticipating... )
aithne: (Black Angel Crossroads)
[Usual disclaimers apply: 1832 Louisiana, difficult cultural history, certain realities of race relations and slavery that can't be avoided. Proceed with caution, if you're sensitive.]

Odile meets one of the secrets of Barataria... )
aithne: (Black Angel Crossroads)
[This is the serial that needs a disclaimer. It's set in 1832 Louisiana, which was a very ugly time in American history. Those who are sensitive to certain attitudes about race and certain grim realities of the historical slave trade probably ought not to read this particular serial. That said, on with the story!

Also, to follow this story in your RSS reader, the USS URL for this serial is http://silenceleigh.livejournal.com/data/rss?tag=black+angel+crossroads ]

The voice paused in its singing, the hands stilled... )
aithne: (Black Angel Crossroads)
I'm going to do something I rarely do, which is put a disclaimer before a piece of fiction. Storm and I are putting together a new serial, which is set in New Orleans in 1832, with a mulatto praticioner of Vodun as the main character.

There are certian historical realities that we're going to be delving into: the reality and the brutality of the slave trade, the social strata that blacks, whites, and those of mixed race occupied. We're going to go light on some of the more offensive words commonly used back then, but there's some stuff that we're not going to be able to avoid. (Such as the terms mulatto and quadroon, for instance.)

This was not a pretty period of history. This serial is going to reflect that. Those with sensibilities that might be upset by this sort of thing might not want to start reading it.

*****

That said, this is a character sketch of the main character, Odile. Note that I'm still working on a voice for this character, so she'll sound a bit different when I get around to actually writing her.



They say a child born in the swamp is lucky... )

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